Players (Canadian) Formula Atlantic Series Race
Halifax, 7 Aug 1975
|1||Bill Brack||Chevron B29 [29-75-16] - Ford BDA Hart
#1 STP (see note 1)
|2||Tom Klausler||Lola T360 [HU12] - Ford BDA Whitehurst
#63 Traylor (see note 2)
|3||Howdy Holmes||Lola T360 [HU10] - Ford BDA BSR
#24 Bill Scott Racing (see note 3)
|4||Dave Walker||Lola T360 [HU21] - Ford BDA Nicholson
#30 Quaker State (see note 4)
|5||John Nicholson||Tui BH2 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#18 Alan McCall Racing
|6||Bruce Jensen||Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDA Hart
#41 Jensen Exotic Plants (see note 5)
|7||Chip Mead||March 75B - Ford BDA Nicholson
#17 Lambrusco by Zonin (see note 6)
|8||Peter Ferguson||Chevron B29 [29-75-09?] - Ford BDA Hart
#76 Samsonite (see note 7)
|9||Bobby Dennett||Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart
#50 Fred Opert Racing (see note 8)
|10||Tom Bagley||Chevron B27 [27-74-02] - Ford BDA Hart
#52 Kent Oil (see note 9)
|11||Seb Barone||Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart
#28 (see note 10)
|12||Craig Hill||March 75B  - Ford BDA Hart
#4 Ecurie Canada/Gabriel (see note 11)
|13||Guy Tunmer||March 75B - Ford BDA Cosworth
Shierson Racing (see note 12)
|14||Gilles Villeneuve||March 75B - Ford BDA Swindon
#69 Skiroule (see note 13)
|15||Juan Cochesa||Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart
#51 Fred Opert Racing (see note 14)
|16||Hugh Cree||Chevron B29 [29-75-08] - Ford BDA Hart
#16 (see note 15)
|17||Victor Larose||Lotus 59/69 - Ford BDA Hart
|18||Damien Magee||Tui BH2 - Ford BDA Nicholson
#19 Alan McCall Racing
|44||Oil line|| |
|19||Héctor Rebaque||Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart
#5 Fred Opert Racing
|37||Not known|| |
|20||Frank Del Vecchio||March 73B  - Ford twin cam Hart
#39 Analube (see note 16)
|37||Not known|| |
|21||Syd Demovsky||Chevron B29 [29-75-23] - Ford BDA Whitehurst
#80 B&B Racing
|22||Bobby Rahal||Lola T360 [HU9] - Ford BDA McCoy
#23 Red Roof Inns (see note 17)
|33||Oil line|| |
|23||Elliot Forbes-Robinson||Lola T360 [HU11] - Ford BDA BSR
#44 Bill Scott Racing-Penthouse
(see note 18)
|24||Bertil Roos||March 75B  - Ford BDA Hart
#40 Ecurie Canada-Schweppes/Castrol
(see note 19)
|26||Throttle cable|| |
|25||Bob Beyea||Motul M1 - Ford BDA Hart
#77 (see note 20)
|19||Gear linkage|| |
|26||Peter W. Broeker||March 74B - Ford BDA Greatorex
#21 Stebro (see note 21)
|27||Cliff Hansen||March 75B  - Ford BDA Giese
#33 (see note 22)
All cars are 1.6-litre F/Atl unless noted.
|1||Bill Brack||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-16] - Ford BDA Hart||1.02.939|
|2||Dave Walker||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU21] - Ford BDA Nicholson||1.03.248|
|3||Howdy Holmes||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU10] - Ford BDA BSR||1.03.343|
|4||Tom Klausler||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU12] - Ford BDA Whitehurst||1.03.379|
|5||Bobby Rahal||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU9] - Ford BDA McCoy||1.03.456|
|6||Tom Bagley||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B27 [27-74-02] - Ford BDA Hart||1.03.589|
|7||Gilles Villeneuve||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B - Ford BDA Swindon||1.03.635|
|8||Bertil Roos||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B  - Ford BDA Hart||1.03.676|
|9||Elliot Forbes-Robinson||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lola T360 [HU11] - Ford BDA BSR||1.03.768|
|10||Bruce Jensen||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-14] - Ford BDA Hart||1.03.945|
|11||Bobby Dennett||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart||1.04.168|
|12||John Nicholson||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 - Ford BDA Nicholson||1.04.243|
|13||Héctor Rebaque||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart||1.04.236|
|14||Peter Ferguson||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-09?] - Ford BDA Hart||1.04.379|
|15||Damien Magee||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Tui BH2 - Ford BDA Nicholson||1.04.591|
|16||Frank Del Vecchio||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 73B  - Ford twin cam Hart||1.04.653|
|17||Chip Mead||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B - Ford BDA Nicholson||1.04.678|
|18||Craig Hill||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B  - Ford BDA Hart||1.05.104|
|19||Seb Barone||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart||1.05.198|
|20||Guy Tunmer||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B - Ford BDA Cosworth||1.05.511|
|21||Juan Cochesa||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 - Ford BDA Hart||1.06.177|
|22||Syd Demovsky||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-23] - Ford BDA Whitehurst||1.06.434|
|23||Bob Beyea||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Motul M1 - Ford BDA Hart||1.06.526|
|24||Cliff Hansen||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 75B  - Ford BDA Giese||1.06.716|
|25||Hugh Cree||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Chevron B29 [29-75-08] - Ford BDA Hart||1.06.778|
|26||Victor Larose||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre Lotus 59/69 - Ford BDA Hart||1.07.767|
|27||Peter W. Broeker||(F/Atl) 1.6-litre March 74B - Ford BDA Greatorex||1.08.494|
Notes on the cars:
- Chevron B29 [29-75-16] (Bill Brack): Sold via US agent Fred Opert to multiple Canadian champion Bill Brack (Toronto, Ontario) and raced through 1975 in STP colours. Won at Halifax in August and at Brainerd in September. Sold to Brad Abbott (Messapequa, NY) for 1976 and only raced twice, both times in SCCA events, scoring a win and a third place according to his later advert. As he did not score points in NEDiv FB in 1976, these were presumably regional events. Abbott then bought a new March 77B and the Chevron was sold to John Galson who raced it in SCCA events in 1977 and 1978. It was bought from Galson by an unknown owner in Wilmington, DE, who advertised it on race-cars.com in December 2003, fully restored in Brack's STP livery.
- Lola T360 [HU12] (Tom Klausler): Sold via North American agent Carl Haas to Tom Klausler (Palatine, IL) and run for him by Traylor Engineering in the Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1975, replacing the earlier T360 HU2 he drove in 1974. In August 1976, Tom Price (Mt Prospect, IL) advertised a Lola T360 which he described as being "ex Klausler". As Klausler's 1974 T360 HU2 was still with Mike Hall at this time, this must have been Klausler's 1975 HU12, as must Rick Koehler's "ex-Klausler" car in 1977. Price raced the T360 in Midwest Council events in 1976, tying for the FB title that year. Rick Koehler (Mequon, WI) raced a Lola T360 in Central Division Formula B in 1977, winning the division with 43 points, one ahead of Jerry Hansen's newer Lola. The car was described at some races as an "Excalibur EE1B", including at the Runoffs, but this is believed to be the same car. Koehler converted the car to Formula C specification for 1978, and Pat Buckley set the lap record at PBIR on its only outing of 1978. Koehler advertised the car in August 1979, saying that it was "ex-Klausler", had not raced in 1979, had only been raced once in 1978, and reiterating the lap record holder at PBIR. Subsequent history unknown.
- Lola T360 [HU10] (Howdy Holmes): New via North American agent Carl Haas to Bill Scott Racing, and run for Howdy Holmes (Ann Arbor, MI) in the 1975 Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series. Also raced by Harry MacDonald at the SCCA Pro race at Brainerd in September 1975. Subsequent history unresolved, but the car was with Mike Brodie by 1988/89, when Doug Phelps remembers painting it for him. It was acquired from Brodie by Daniel Glanz (Bourton-on-the-Water, Gloucestershire) of Legends Automotive In 2010, and offered for sale with a history that said it had had only two owners from new, and had last been raced by Bill Brodie in 1996. Raced by Glanz in the Formula Atlantic classes of HSCC F2 and Derek Bell Trophy races from 2011 to 2015.
- Lola T360 [HU21] (Dave Walker): New to South African Robert Joubert to join his converted Lola T350 in a two-car Formula Atlantic team in the 1975 Canadian Players series. The T360 was driven by his teammate Dave Walker, and was brand new at Edmonton. Joubert did not appear at Trois-Rivières at the end of August, and the entry numbers used suggest Walker drove Joubert's T350. The subsequent history of the T360 HU21 is unknown, but it may have been David Westgate's car at Trois-Rivières in 1975, then that of Victor Larose in 1976. In 1983, Peter Dragffy (Montréal, Quebec) raced HU21 in two WCAR races. It was later bought from the Dragffys by John Arnold in 1989, and was inherited by his son Michael Arnold in 2015.
- Chevron B29 [29-75-14] (Bruce Jensen): New to Bruce Jensen (Kitchener, Ontario) and used in the Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series in 1975, sponsored by Jensen Exotic Plants. Retained by Jensen for 1976, and retained again for 1977. Subsequent history unknown, but believed to be the car later converted to A Sports Racing by Lou Infante Motoracing and raced by Jerry Molnar (Lathrup Village, MI) in Can-Am in 1982. To Frank Jellinek (N. Hampton, NH) for 1983.
- March 75B (Chip Mead): Tim Cooper (Kansas City, MO) raced a yellow #8 March 75B for Doug Shierson Racing in 1975 with backing from Rutledge Oil. Joe Grimaldi recalls that Cooper hired a new 75B from the team for 1975, and that the car then returned to Shierson. Chip Mead drove Cooper's car at Halifax, with Mead's bodywork transplanted onto it. Cooper moved to Wilbur Bunce Racing in California for 1976, and the "75B/76B" that Bunce built up for him was based on on Cooper's older 73B. The subsequent history of the 75B hire car is unknown.
- Chevron B29 [29-75-09?] (Peter Ferguson): New to Peter Ferguson (Toronto, Ontario), to be used in the Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series, entered by Ferguson Canada Racing as #76 with Samsonite sponsorship. The Samsonite deal was not renewed, so Ferguson did not race the car in 1976. He returned for the opening race of the 1977 season, at Mosport Park with Gingerbread Displays livery and finished a highly impressive sixth, but did not reappear. The car was sold to Colin Hine, then to Paul Swinwood, for whom Nigel Mortimer sold it to Dr Warren Eads (Rolling Valley Hills, CA). It next passed to collector Art Valdez (Torrance, CA), and remained in Valdez' collection for many years, until sold to a UK consortium in 2017. Sold to new owner early 2018. Sold to further owner (Kent) late 2018.
- Chevron B29 (Bobby Dennett): New to Fred Opert Racing for Bobby Dennett (Venuzuela) to drive in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series with backing from "Visit Venuzuela" and Valvoline. Then for Jean-Pierre Jarier at Trois-Rivières, where it was entered as #2 and had Gitanes sponsorship. Tom Bagley (Centre Hall, PA) then raced the #2 Chevron B29 at Brainerd in September. This car was advertised by Opert later as ex-Jarier/Dennett with "eight races on car" which is consistent with it also being Bagley's car. Subsequent history unknown.
- Chevron B27 [27-74-02] (Tom Bagley): Chevron build record says sold via Fred Opert to Freeman Racing (Yellow Springs, OH). However, either never delivered or bought back by Opert in 1974 and used by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud at Trois Rivieres and Richard Melville at Watkins Glen. Advertised by Opert in April 1975 as "ex-Jaussaud", "only two races". Retained by the Opert team for 1975, and used twice by Tom Bagley at Halifax and Trois Rivieres, where his car is described as "ex Jaussaud". Believed to be Michael Landrum's B27 at Road Atlanta in April 1976 in the IMSA series and at Gimli in the Players series in June. Advertised by Pierre Phillips in July 1976 as 'ex Bagley', then to Frank Scott (Racine, WI) who raced it at Blackhawk Farms in August and Brainerd in September, and then advertised it in October 1976 as 'ex Jaussaud, 8 races from new'. He advertised the car again in March 1978. Sold to Richard Ellingson and used in Mid West SCCA until 1980. Then to an autocrosser and subsequently to Paul Berg (Chippewa Falls, WI), who won the MCSCC F/Atlantic series in 1982 with the car. Owned by Bob Dupré (Glenview IL) 1985 and said to have been written off at Road America that year.
- Chevron B29 (Seb Barone): New to Isola Racing and entered for Seb Barone (Portland, CT) to race in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1975. Taken over by teammate Herman Gugliotta (Dilliner, PA) for races at Lime Rock and Brainerd in September.
- March 75B  (Craig Hill): A white March 75B invoiced by March to Ecurie Canada. Based on the colour, the white #4 car of Craig Hill in the Player Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1975, sponsored by Gabriel Special. The two Ecurie Canada March 75Bs are presumably the 75Bs advertised by PDW Racing (St Lambert, Quebec) in mid-1976. PDW ran Formula Fords in the Canadian championship. Then Jacques Desjardins advertised two 75Bs together with two older Lola T360s in December 1976 and April 1977. Desjardins raced in Formula Ford in 1975 and then moved into Formula Atlantic in 1976, but used one of the Lola T360s. He raced again in Formula Ford in 1977 and 1978. The subsequent history of the 75B is unknown, but a "March 752" appeared in historic racing in the 2010s that has a SCCA stamping from Northeast Oklahoma Region and a '75B/10' chassis plate. The history of this car has not yet been ascertained.
- March 75B (Guy Tunmer): Doug Shierson Racing had a yellow #9 entry in the early part of the season for Syd Demovsky and Ian Grob, but this car was sold to Cliff Hansen, and renumbered #33. At the next race after Hansen's purchase, DSR had another car entered as #9, firstly for South African Guy Tunmer at Halifax, then for Quebecois Marcel Talbot at Trois-Rivières, and then for Bob Beyea at Brainerd. It is possible that this was the blue ex-Jon Batchelor 75B/7, which returned to DSR after Batchelor's deal with Cavanaugh Racing fell through. A colour photograph of this car would be immensely helpful.
- March 75B (Gilles Villeneuve): Gilles Villeneuve (Lasalle, Montréal, Quebec) ran a March 75B in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1975, with some support from Ecurie Canada. He was sponsored by Skiroule Snowmobiles, the Quebec company founded by Rejean Houle and sold to the Coleman Company of Wichita, Kansas in 1972. Skiroule used a signature shade of green, and Villeneuve's 75B was repainted in this colour. Villeneuve won the Gimli race in this car. His 75B was advertised by The Race Shop (Adrian, MI) with two Swindon engines in January 1976, and in March 1976 by Doug Shierson, who had presumably taken it in part exchange on Villeneuve's new 76B. Subsequent history unknown.
- Chevron B29 (Juan Cochesa): New to Fred Opert Racing for Juan Cochesa (Venuzuela) to drive in the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series with backing from "Visit Venuzuela" and Valvoline. It would then have been either the car raced by Jean-Pierre Jaussaud or that of José Dolhem at Trois-Rivières, where three Opert cars ran with Gitanes sponsorship. It is most likely to have been the #3 Jaussaud which was then raced by Steve Durst at Brainerd a week later. Subsequent history unknown.
- Chevron B29 [29-75-08] (Hugh Cree): New to Hugh Cree (Georgetown, Ontario) and used in the Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series in 1975. Retained for 1976 and 1977, but seen only rarely. To Pierre Gadoury (Saint-Lambert, Quebec) for 1978 but failed to start at its two appearances, at Trois-Rivières and Montréal. It went to Frank Vella for 1979, then to Andy Falbo in 1980. Falbo sold it to somebody in Florida who was planning to fit a Mazda engine. Later acquired as a project via race-cars.com in 2004 by Bill Murray (Durham) and brought back to the UK. After Murray died in 2013, the car passed to his son-in-law David Beatty.
- March 73B  (Frank Del Vecchio): New to Frank DelVecchio (Trumbull, CT) and raced in SCCA Formula B and in rounds of the Players (Canadian) Formula B series in 1973, 1974, 1975 and 1976. When Formula B changed in 1975 to accept the BDA engine, Frank continued with a fuel-injected Ford twin cam engine. He recalls that he sold the car to Peter Neumahr, who had raced a 71BM/733 in 1976 and would progress to a new 77B in 1977, but is thought to have raced this 73B briefly in late 1976 and early 1977. Neumahr sold the car to Jack Deaso (New York, NY), who DelVecchio recalls crashing it at Lime Rock first time out. Subsequent history unknown.
- Lola T360 [HU9] (Bobby Rahal): New via North American agent Carl Haas to Bobby Rahal (Glen Ellyn, IL) January 1975, and raced in SCCA Nationals in the early months of 1975, winning at PBIR and Stuttgart, then in the Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series. To George Herscher (Charleston, WV) January 1976, replacing a Lola T240, and raced in SCCA Northeast Division and Southeast Division FB. Returned to Carl Haas in May 1977 and sold on to Paul Kelleher (Little Lake, Michigan) in October 1977. To Art Filip (Chicago, IL) in March 1979 and raced in SCCA Central Division, then to Dennis Tobin May 1989, Carl Haas again February 1990, almost immediately to Carl Thompson, and retained until sold to Bobby Rahal February 2000. Retained by Rahal until sold late 2012 via Grand Prix Classics (La Jolla, CA) to Steve Miller (Cape Town, South Africa). It was then sold to Brad Oldenbrook around 2015, and from him to Andrew Wait (Greenbrae, CA) in May 2019.
- Lola T360 [HU11] (Elliot Forbes-Robinson): New via North American agent Carl Haas to Bill Scott Racing, and run for Elliot Forbes-Robinson (La Crescenta, CA) in the 1975 Canadian Players Formula Atlantic series with Penthouse sponsorship. Forbes-Robinson won two rounds of the Canadian series in this car. Sold to John Weakley (Nashville, IN) for 1976, who ran as part of the Bill Scott Racing team, but he ran out of finance and the car was sold to Ivan Roland (Asheville NC) in 1979. Used by Roland's son Russ Roland in SCCA events until 1982, when it was advertised. It was later sold to someone in update New York, so may be the Walter Nelson car.
- March 75B  (Bertil Roos): A yellow March 75B invoiced by March to Ecurie Canada. Based on the colour, this would be the yellow #22 car raced by Bertil Roos in the opening round of the British Formula Atlantic in mid-April, and then the #40 car raced by him in the Player Canadian Formula Atlantic series from late-May onwards, sponsored by Schweppes and Castrol. The two Ecurie Canada March 75Bs are presumably the 75Bs advertised by PDW Racing (St Lambert, Quebec) in mid-1976. PDW ran Formula Fords in the Canadian championship. Then Jacques Desjardins advertised two 75Bs in December 1976. Subsequent history unknown.
- Motul M1 (Bob Beyea): Al Justason (Toronto, Ontario, Canada) raced a Rondel M1 in the Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1974. According to Chris Townsend, when this car arrived, it was still in the Rondel colour scheme with Pescarolo's name on it, implying it was chassis 206, although Justason had no record of the chassis number himself. When Justason "retired" at the end of the 1974 season, he rented the car to Bob Beyea for a couple of Canadian Formula Atlantic races in 1975. He recalls that he later sold the car to Bill Bovenizer in Toronto, and Bill's recollection is that he sold it about 1982 to Jeremy Hill who wanted the engine for his Formula Atlantic March. Subsequent history unknown. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 74B (Peter W. Broeker): Peter Broeker (Pointe-Claire, Montréal, Quebec, Canada) raced a black-and-white #21 March 74B at several rounds of the Players Canadian Formula Atlantic series in 1975. Photographs show that the car had a 742 nose, so side radiators. He also made a couple of entries in 1976 in a car described only as a Stebro, which could well have been the same March. Subsequent history unknown.
- March 75B  (Cliff Hansen): A yellow March 75B invoiced by March to Shierson and shipped 17 April 1975. It was intended for a French-Canadian woman driver, but when her deal fell through it was raced by Syd Demovsky (Chicago, IL) in a Doug Shierson Racing hire deal for the first two races of 1975. This is almost certainly the #9 car hired by DSR to Ian Grob for Mont-Tremblant 6 Jul 1975 but when that deal also fell through,the car was sold to Cliff Hansen (Laguna Beach, Orange County, CA) who drove it at that race instead of his usual GRD. Retained by Hansen in 1976 as a show car, and then advertised in September 1976. Sold to Mike Downs (El Segundo, Los Angeles County, CA) early October 1976 when the invoice identified it as chassis number 75B-8. It is unclear when Downs raced it, as when he advertised it in September 1978, he said it was unraced since 1976. To R. J. (Joe) Ordoqui (Boeing, CA) for SCCA racing, starting with a SCCA Regional in November 1978. He rebuilt it to 77B specification over the winter, and raced it in 1979. Sold by Ordoqui to Dante Heredia (Downey, CA) in 1980, then sold to Mark Biro (Temple City, CA) some time around 1983. Subsequent history unknown, but at some point this car was used in the C Sports Racing class by Stan Goldstein (Watsonville, CA). In 1998, it was bought from Goldstein by Emil Leung (South Pasadena, CA), and in 2020 it was completely restored by Howard Monise.
The identification of individual cars in these results is based on the material presented elsewhere in this site and may in some cases contradict the organisers' original results.
North American Formula Atlantic race results have been compiled by Chris Townsend based on material in Formula and On Track, information drawn from Canadian newspapers and results sheets where available.